Areca nut to cure toothache

Toothache is a pain in and around the tooth that is caused due to various reasons. Tooth decay, infected gums, tooth fracture, damaged filling and abscessed tooth are some of the reason in which toothache occurs. If not properly treated toothache may cause gum disease. Areca nut and cinnamon together serve as a good herbal remedy to treat toothache.

Areca nut is also called as betel nut and is useful to treat a number of ailments. Areca nut has tannins, gallic acid, lignin, terpineol and various saline producing substances. It also has three important alkaloids which are arecaidine, arecoline, and guvacine.

Using areca nut powder everyday in minimal quantities reduces bad mouth odour , strengthens the tooth, activates taste buds in tongue, relieves toothache, throat itching and flushes out stomach worms. Areca nut exhibits anti-microbial and anti-bacterial activity towards strains of oral bacteria. Brushing teeth with areca nut powder prevents dental plaque and safeguard teeth from cavities.

Take areca nut, burn it well and get the ash. Mix this ash with cinnamon powder and use it for brushing. Regular use of this powder helps to strengthen the gums, relives tooth pain and keeps teeth healthy.

Cinnamon – Names in other languages

  • Scientific name – Cinnamomum verum
  • English – Cinnamon
  • Hindi – Dalchini
  • Sanskrit – Darusita/ Tvak
  • Malayalam – Karuvapatta
  • Bengali – Daroochini
  • Tamil – Lavangapattai
  • Kannada – Lavanga chakke
  • Telugu – Dalchina chekka

Areca nut has various health benefits.

Areca nut is rich in iron, and it is good for people who suffer with anemia. Regular moderate consumption of areca nut might help combat an iron deficiency.

Consuming areca nut helps to avoid problems associated with stomach worms.  This also helps prevent dysentery, diarrhea, indigestion and stomach ache problems.

Tannins contained in areca nuts are helpful in managing hypertension or high blood pressure activity.

Chewing areca nut before travelling prevents vomiting sensation.

Combination of betel leaf and areca nut helps to reduce excessive heat in the summers.

Areca nut must be taken from time to time. Regular or too much consumption leads to inflammation of the gums and may also result in oral ulcers or become a cancer trigger.

Here is the recipe.

How to treat toothache with areca nut – DIY

  • 2 Areca nuts (Known as Paaku in Tamil)
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
  1. To make the tooth powder use areca nuts and cinnamon powder.
  2. Burn areca nuts in medium flame.
  3. Burned nuts.
  4. Add the burned nuts to mortar.
  5. Crush well to get the ash of areca nuts.
  6. Take one teaspoon of areca nut powder in a bowl.
  7. Add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
  8. Mix them well.
  9. Tooth powder is done.

Directions for use

Brush your teeth regularly with this powder in the morning.

Regular brushing for a week gives relief from tooth pain.

Kalaivani Selvaraj, MBA, got her Master’s degree in Human Resources. Due to her interest in natural healing, she pursued studies in the field of alternative medicine and is certified in Aromatherapy by Isla Verde Spa Training Academy. Ms. Kalaivani Selvaraj is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.